Latest COVID-19 reporting
The latest numbers
As of Friday, Sept. 24, the state reports that 989,268 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 483,161 Montanans — 52% of the eligible population — have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 146,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,038 new cases since the most recent report, 10,817 active cases, and 133,273 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 7,330 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 416 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,945 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state does not update COVID statistics on Saturday or Sunday. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.
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Prior to March 7, 2021 this page included live trend charts based on data provided by the Covid Tracking Project, which ceased its data collection activities at that point. Graphics shown below include pandemic trends through that date.
This week, hospitals from Billings to Missoula are instituting or preparing to institute a “crisis standard of care” under which medical services and supplies are rationed. While case numbers are still slightly lower than they were last winter during the virus’ previous peak, hospitals are being overwhelmed with COVID patients.
With COVID-19 continuing to complicate the fall semester, Montana university students and faculty appeared before the Board of Regents Wednesday to demand masking and vaccination mandates across the state’s campuses.
On Aug. 31, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services claimed in an emergency rule that the science on mask effectiveness in reducing viral transmission is “not conclusive.” But according to infectious disease specialists, the literature is abundantly clear: masks work.
Montanans respond to the plan President Joe Biden unveiled Sept. 9 targeting unvaccinated workers at hospitals and large companies to slow the spread of COVID’s Delta variant.
On Wednesday, the Montana Nurses Association responded to the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ emergency rule on school mask mandates. The association’s memo said the rule violates state law and “promotes junk science.”
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